Animals lovers’ eyes light up when they see dogs. Even those who are otherwise aloof will soften and warm up when a canine companion is spotted in passing on a street or room. Children take it a whole other level, oohing and awing whenever they spot a dog. What many people don’t realize is this natural and often lovely tendency to fawn over dogs or other pets can sometimes be distracting and downright dangerous.
One woman and mother, Larua Joos, shared her story about what happened to her when a family attempted to interfere with her service dog, Polly at a Walmart store. Sure, Polly was adorable, but she was also working. Although the mother and her children didn’t know it, Polly was performing a vital function, protecting her handler, who was in danger of losing consciousness due to a serious health condition.
It’s a scene that many of us have seen whenever we see service dogs. Children respond as they would to any dog, with excitement and a desire to reach out and pet them.
Joos explained what happened and the serious consequences for a seemingly innocent interaction.
“Dear fellow mom in Walmart,